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Trump Administration Lifts U.S. Sanctions on Sudan; Important Limitations Remain

Based on certain State Department findings, effective October 12, 2017, long-standing U.S. sanctions on the Republic of Sudan administered by OFAC under the Sudan Sanctions Regulations will be terminated, and U.S. persons...more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 10/6/2017 – Natural Gas Prices Slide, PA Superior Court Addresses Reserved Royalty Vs. Oil/Gas...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Natural gas prices have fallen pretty harshly since our last report, particularly in Appalachia where prices dropped below $1/MMBtu, amidst a slightly sliding rig count. In Appalachia, the Pennsylvania Superior Court...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 7

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on ESMA's updated Q&As on the Benchmark Regulation and European Commission delegated...more

SEC Enforcement Action Involving Initial Coin Offering Muddies Jurisdictional Waters

by Reed Smith on

Digital assets, popularly referred to as “cryptocurrencies,” “coins,” and “tokens,” continue to provoke regulatory attention and create discord among regulators. Recent actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

DHS Approves Waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Sept. 28, 2017, approved a waiver of the Jones Act in response to the severe impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on Puerto Rico. The U.S. Department of Homeland...more

The Fob Buyer’s Right to Substitute Its Vessel in Commodity Contracts

by Reed Smith on

On 1 September 2017, the Grain and Feed Trade Association (Gafta) introduced an amendment to its nomination clause in some (but not all) of its fob contracts. The result: an fob buyer is no longer required to give new...more

Pioneering Offshore Access to the China Commodities Futures Markets – The INE and its Medium Sour Crude Oil Contract

by Reed Smith on

The opening up of the futures markets for commodity products in China has been much discussed and highly anticipated. However, it looks like a crude oil futures contract, listed on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange...more

A Video Plus a Sinatra Song Attracted Investors for Fraudster

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Wall Street office; a youtube.com video; Frank Sinatra singing New York New York. These were the keys to building an apparently successful commodity trading business that attracted clients – at least for a while. ...more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions: ‘Soft’ Commodities

by Reed Smith on

This alert focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the ‘soft’ commodities arena. It is the second in a series addressing issues commonly faced when undertaking M&A transactions in the energy and commodities sector. The...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 9/8/2017 – Pipeline Projects Dodge Several Roadblocks; DRBC Plans Ban Of Hydraulic Fracturing...

by Cozen O'Connor on

It’s been a relatively quiet week since our last report. Natural gas spot prices in Appalachia took a nose dive amidst only modest increases in the Henry Hub and the rig count. In Appalachia, a federal judge denied a bid to...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - August 2017 - Issue 4

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on MiFID II: Client classification of local authorities, FCA paper on dark trading, the...more

First-Ever "Spoofing" Conviction Upheld by the Seventh Circuit

by Clark Hill PLC on

In today's computer-driven world, trading firms use computer software to execute, at very high speed, large volumes of trades. Their trading strategies take advantage of minor discrepancies in the prices of securities or...more

Expedited Dispute Resolution – How Disputes Can Be Resolved Quickly in the Energy and Commodities Sector

by Reed Smith on

One of the most common complaints about litigation and arbitration proceedings is the length of time it can take to resolve a dispute and get to a final judgment or award. Prolonged proceedings almost inevitably result in...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds First-Ever “Spoofing” Conviction

On August 8, 2017, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously upheld the first-ever criminal conviction of a New Jersey futures trader for the manipulative trading practice known as...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 4 August - 10 August 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Brexit - Brexit – PRA letter to HoC Treasury Committee on firms' contingency planning - On 9 August, the HoC Treasury Committee published a letter (dated 2 August) from Sam Woods, BoE Deputy Governor, Prudential...more

Between Bridges: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Conviction and Sentencing of First Person Criminally Charged for Spoofing Under...

Yesterday, Michael Coscia’s criminal conviction and sentencing for spoofing was unanimously upheld by a three-judge Federal Court of Appeals panel in Chicago, Illinois....more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 7/28/2017 – PA Senate Floats Severance Tax, Permit Reforms, As Part Of Ongoing PA Budget...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Natural gas spot prices in Appalachia took a nose dive since our last report despite the rig-count rebound and rising oil prices. In Pennsylvania, the Senate Republicans introduced a severance tax to raise approximately $100...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 7/21/2017 – PA Supremes On The Environmental Rights Amendment, Third Circuit On “Buyers For...

by Cozen O'Connor on

After a few weeks off we’re back at the well. The national rig count dipped two units last week for the first time in a long time while oil and natural gas prices increased slightly. Since our last report, the Pennsylvania...more

MiFID II Toolkit for Global Investment Managers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Changes to the MiFID II regulatory regime will impose new obligations on many global investment managers that, to date, have avoided substantive regulation in the European Union ("EU"). While the precise scope of these...more

Expanding Cross-Border Commodities Investment into China

by Reed Smith on

Reed Smith’s Singapore office recently hosted a seminar on the Singapore-China commodities nexus. In the seminar, we highlighted the current trend of commodity market participants increasing their commodity exposure in China...more

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

FCA Issues New Guidance on Cyber Resilience and Notification of Cyber Attacks - The FCA published a new page on its website providing informal guidance on cyber resilience on 18 May 2017. Following the recent global...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: U.S. CFTC Takes Steps to Modernize Rules and Operations and to Reduce...

by Dechert LLP on

Against a backdrop of changing markets, rapidly evolving technology and increased jurisdiction, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – the regulatory agency with responsibility for oversight of the U.S....more

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